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DRUMMER, PERCUSSIONIST, PRODUCER, AUTHOR, ​SOFTWARE DESIGNER, AUDIO ENGINEER, CLINICIAN

Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Author, Software Designer, Audio Engineer, Clinician

  ABOUT LIZ FICALORA

Liz Ficalora is a drummer, clinician, author, teacher, audio engineer, producer, songwriter, and music software designer.  She has been playing the drums for 50 years.

Her honors include being a published author with Alfred Publishing, First Place Award Winning Jingle Writer for Maxwell House Coffee, Best American Album Producer and Best Contemporary Song, JP Folks Award Show 2020, and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
As a performer, she has extensive performance and touring experience with Stella Parton, Charlie Louvin, Billy Prine, Madame Gandhi, Walter Egan, Carnival Cruise Line, Grand Rivers Variety Shows, Sterling, Calliope's Children Steel Band, The Larry Keeton Theatre, Nashville in Harmony Choir, and the Nashville Celebration Choir.
She has played with Pam Tillis and is currently working with The Sissel/Reid Band in Nashville TN.

During all her years of performing experience, Liz created and developed a drum charting method and authored the book, “How to Write A Fast and Easy Drum Chart,” published by Alfred Publishing.

This drum charting method book is endorsed by Remo, Louie Bellson and Gary Chaffee,  This method is becoming the standard that is used by professional drummers worldwide. She has been featured in Tom Tom Magazine, Drum! Magazine, Rhythm Magazine and Berklee Today.
This book is available at lizficalora.com

After the release of her book, she created and designed a new drum charting software program called Drum Chart Builder. This program is an online professional tool for drummers, songwriters, and composers to create simple and easy drum charts and is available online and at Guitar Center.

"This is my dream, to create a program that becomes the standard in drum music software"
Liz Ficalora, CEO of Drum Chart Builder.

As an educator, Liz has taught master classes on drum charting at PAS International Conference, MTSU, TSU, 5 Star Drum Shops, Guitar Center, SAE Nashville, Nashville Musicians Union and on Tom Tom Magazine Chops TV.
She is currently producing Americana and Jazz music at her music production company called Ficalora Music Productions in Nashville TN.

AUTHOR AND TEACHER

How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart teaches an innovative and simple approach to drum chart writing that takes almost no time to learn. Designed for drummers, composers, and students who need drum charts for the various songs they encounter, this method won't require you to turn multiple pages and read bar after bar of music. Instead, you will see the full form of a song on one piece of paper and only need to write a few measures of drum notation to keep yourself in the groove.

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MASTER CLASSES

How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart.
Learn how to write a simple drum chart for working drummers.


How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart for Songwriters
Learn how to communicate with your drummer.


How to Write a Drum Chart and Understand Song Form for Audio Engineers.
Learn how to chart a song to make your engineering sessions go smoothly.

 

MASTER CLASSS AND BOOKINGS

DRUM AND CHARTING LESSONS

Private Drum and Charting Lessons Online or in the Studio
Learn what you need to know to play the drums and land a job. Learn how to chart and land auditions and gigs.

CONTACT INFORMATION

CEO AND DESIGNER

Drum Chart Builder Software is an all-in one professional online application to build simple, clear and easy one page drum charts for gigs, sessions and shows. This program was designed by the author of the book “How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart.”
Manage and organized charts with the built in setlist maker and take your charts with you on any mobile device.

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CREATOR OF DRUM CHARTING COURSES

How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart

Learn how to write a simple drum chart for gigs, shows, sessions and practice. This easy method is used by professional drummers to chart out a song fast. This course will show you how to write a chart with a simple piece of paper and a pencil.

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How to Write a Quick Chart When You Get the Call and the Gig Starts in 2 Hours

What do you do when you get the last minute call and the gig starts in 2 hours and you have 12 songs to learn?
You use the template that is available for download once you enroll in this quick course.

4 quick lessons. 12 step fast method. 1 template for printing.

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FICALORA MUSIC PRODUCTIONS RECORDING STUDIO

The Nashville Based Music Production House and Recording Studio run by Award Winning Music Producer Liz Ficalora; who helps musicians and songwriters of all ages create exceptional sounding music.

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Up Coming Events 2022-2023

Next Master Class

Liz will be teaching a Master Class at the Jazz Education Network in Orlando Florida- January 7, 2023

July 17, 2022 |

Clinic Presentation – How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart – 50 minute Clinic on January 7th at 9:00 AM January 4 -7 2023 The Jazz Education Network annual conference brings together jazz beginners and experts for a once-in-a lifetime experience. Part music festival, part networking, part education and all inspiration. The annual…

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Current Projects 2022

Video Editing the Merlin Gene Show Season 3 RFD TV Broadcast Fall 2022

July 31, 2022 |

The Merlin Gene Show Season 3 in in Post Production The Merlin Gene Show will be broadcast on RFD TV in September 2022. I have been working with Mike Green at Pixelwerks Studios editing the music videos for the show. I was part of the taping at the Troubadour Theater in Nashville in January and…

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Working on a New Drum Chart Workbook Coming in January 2023

July 28, 2022 |

Currently Editing The Merlin Gene Show. Country music TV show to be aired on September 2022.  

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Recording Jazz Artist and Playwright Suzahn Fiering’s Production of Bourbon on Broadway 2022

July 28, 2022 |

In the Studio with Bourbon on Broadway. With Suzahn Fiering, producer, songwriter and playwright, a new musical will soon be opening in Nashville. More details are coming and we produce the music and Suzahn rehearses the actors for the play.   

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Working on a New Drum Chart Workbook Coming in January 2023

July 17, 2022 |

In the works is a new drum charting workbook for students. Learn how to write a drum chart fast using the step by step method and practice charting at the same time. Each step will have a worksheet to practice each lesson as you go. Before you know it, you will be writing your own…

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Currently Recording and Producing the band Morning Glory – 2022

July 17, 2022 |

Projects Currently In The Studio New band called Morning Glory If you like Rock music check out this new band Morning Glory Band. I am producing a new young rock band that was put together by one of my drum students. Together with 4 other band members, we are recording original songs written by the…

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Produced, Recorded and Released The Sissel Reid Band Album – River Town 2022

July 17, 2022 |

Ficalora Music Productions presents: The Sissel Reid Band New Album – River Town If you like Acoustic Americana and Rock music check out this new band The Sissel Reid Band. I produced artist Jill Sissel and Amy Reid at my recording studio called Ficalora Music Productions. The new band is called The Sissel Reid Band.…

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